Hamsters don't become ill very often, but there are still many different health issues to be aware of, from cuts and scrapes to tumours and abscesses. Giving your hamster a brief, regular health check is a good idea. You can do this easily without consulting a vet every time. See our Health Check sections for more info.
Hamsters can become ill, but there are lots of treatments available
Some hamster health problems are more common than others, so as well as being generally aware of your pet’s health, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for certain signs and clues. The common symptoms of these ailments are covered in our Hamster Common Illnesses section.